A PRAYER FOR ALIYAH
Dir. Zorawar Shukla (28min, India, 2012)
In Hindi, Thadou-Kuki, and English with English Subtitles
Documentary
DC Premiere

7,500 tribal Kuki-Chin-Mizo from a turbulent corner of Northeast India believe they are the descendants of the Lost Tribe of Menasseh. With no written record of their history, they are faced with the difficult task of proving themselves to be Jews in order to be able to make aliyah (to immigrate Israel). We follow the lives of three Manipuri Jews living in a neglected part of the country where their steadfast belief and strict practice of Orthodox Judaism offer them a glimpse of a better life.

Screenings of A Prayer for Aliyah are Free – RSVPs requested.

 

A stage performer with New Delhi reggae group, Reggae Rajahs, Zorawar Shukla's interest in film was born while he was working as an assistant director on the set of Deepa Mehta's Midnight's Children. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies from Emerson College, Boston.

This is his first film.

 




DATES AND TICKETS

Saturday, March 1, 12:45 pm
DCJCC
1529 16th Street NW
Washington, DC




Sunday, March 9, 11:00 am
DCJCC
1529 16th Street NW
Washington, DC



PRESS

“Beautifully shot, the film captures this deep sense of longing through the lives of, among others, a 75-year-old man who once served in the army and a young mother who fervently believes that her daughter’s future is in Jerusalem."
-Vennu Sandhu, Business Standard


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